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6 Surprising Tips To Clean Concrete

Summer in New Zealand means BBQs, swimming, and outdoor activities. And, with the kids not in school than the kids will be spending most of their days outside playing, running, and having a good time. Whether it is a BBQ, swimming, sidewalk chalk drawing, or some other activity, a surprising number of summer activities revolve around concreted areas. Here are 6 somewhat surprising household items you can use to keep your cement clean and safe for you, your kids, and any guests you may have for those fun summertime activities.



  • Ammonia: effective at cleaning discoloration from your concrete. Mix 1 cup of ammonia with 3 liters of water and scrub the discolored concrete. Hose the cement down when you’re done.
  • Diet Coke: Surprised? Well, don’t be Diet coke is actually really great at removing rust stains from cement. Use coke zero with hot water and scrub the rust stained concrete areas.
  • Oven-Cleaner: Spray those spots of oil, grease, and transmission fluid with oven cleaner and let stand for 10 minutes. Scrub with a stiff brush and then hose of. For extra tough stains try multiple applications on your concrete.
  • Pepsi: Oils stains can be vanquished from cement with some cola. Here’s what you’ll need. Cat litter, cola, stiff bristled broom, a bucket, laundry detergent, bleach, and protection for your hands and eyes.
  • WD-40: Great for removing oil stains from concrete. Simply spray the area with the stuff and hose it down with water.
  • Baking Soda: Okay so this article is mostly about cleaning your concrete this Summer to keep your cement patios, driveways, walkways, and poolside areas clean and safe. However, to keep your concrete truly safe, it starts long before the Summer. In the cold New Zealand South Island winters, try using baking soda to melt ice on your concrete and cement walkways, patios, and driveways. It is less abrasive and harmful to your concrete.
  • Troy Hillard
  • Wash Rite House Washing

Tags: house wash, concrete wash, roof wash, home improvement

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